From the Program Director, Dr. Dina Le Gall



Drawing on faculty from a number of departments, the Interdisciplinary Program in Middle Eastern Studies seeks to provide students with an introduction to an area of the world that is as historically and culturally rich as it is critical to today’s geopolitics. The double purpose is to introduce students to a variety of topics and issues in the history, politics, languages, societies, and cultures of the Middle East and to give them the opportunity to study the Middle East using the tools of diverse disciplines. We define the Middle East broadly to include the whole area from North Africa to Afghanistan.

The program is offered as a minor field that complements a wide array of majors. It is particularly valuable for students who wish to combine an interest in the Middle East with majors such as History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, or Languages and Literatures in preparation for graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies or for professional careers in education, business, media, government, human rights, diplomacy, and law, among others.

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Learning Goals and Objectives


Field Competency:
Students will gain an introduction to the Middle East and develop a grasp of central issues in the history, politics, literatures and/or societies of the region. They will approach the Middle East from at least two disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, history, literature, or political science.

Analytical Skills: Students will hone their reading and analytical skills, and will know how to access information and how to summarize and evaluate scholarly arguments and media opinions based on evidence.

Writing Skills: Students will be able to produce well-argued and carefully supported written assignments in which they synthesize information from different sources, advance and sustain arguments, use citations according to accepted academic standards, and avoid plagiarism.

Cultural/Political Awareness: Students will be aware of the diversity of Middle Eastern societies, will learn to approach these societies with empathy, and will be able to participate productively and dispassionately in discussions of complex and contested issues.

Upcoming Events

March 12, 2024 - March 12, 2024

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Spanish Fashion at the Age of Velazquez: A Tailor at the Court of Philip the IV by Amanda Wunder

Spanish Fashion in the Age of Velázquez is the first archival study of dress at the court of Philip IV, as told through the life and work of royal tailor Mateo Aguado.

March 13, 2024 - March 13, 2024

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Salsa Picante - 2024 Johnny Pacheco Latin Music & Jazz Festival

A Night of Latin Jazz

March 14, 2024 - March 14, 2024

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

School Jam - 2024 Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival

Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music

March 15, 2024 - March 15, 2024

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Jazz at Lehman College

Featuring Jazz Alumni with special guests

March 21, 2024 - March 21, 2024

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Lehman College Majors and Minors Fair

Set the direction for your future! Explore all of Lehman's majors and minors, connect with faculty and staff, and take advantage of other great opportunities!

March 22, 2024 - March 22, 2024

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Aubrey Powell: The Sara Little Turnbull Visiting Designer Speaker Series

Aubrey Powell presents "Hipgnosis: Album Cover Design and Beyond".